Federal prisoner claims he is suffering daily in lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Aug. 12, 2011, 9:22am

A prisoner has filed suit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and 12 of its employees, alleging he has been denied proper medical treatment for his foot tendon problems.

Charles Snargrass III claims he sought treatment from the Federal Bureau of Prisons regarding tightening of tendons in his foot. However, he claims he has been wrongly denied treatment.

"I am suffering daily," Snargrass wrote in a letter to the bureau. "I stumble and fall almost everyday. It takes me several hours to get out of the bed in the morning due to stiffness and tightening of damaged tendons."

In response to Snargrass's letter, the administrator of National Inmate Appeals, Harrell Watts, wrote that he found no need to provide Snargrass with additional care. In his response, Watts pointed to the five different times within six months Snargrass was seen at various medical facilities for treatment and care.

"The record reflects you are receiving medical care and treatment in accordance with Bureau of Prisons' policy," Watts wrote.

Snargrass, who will be appearing pro se, filed his complaint Aug. 2 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

U.S. District Court case number: 3:11-cv-662.

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